Hakuba Now daily snow and weather - Friday 23rd March 2012

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ARCHIVE REPORT: Posted at 10:24am on Friday 23rd March 2012
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Archive report: Posted at 10:24am on Friday 23rd March 2012
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Morning from Hakuba. It has been raining this morning unfortunately, but that is as we were expecting really. BUT!! As I have been writing this report though, good news - turning into snow down in the village even so it should be snowing higher up right now. Whether it can keep doing this or not remains to be seen, but.... more of it please!

Yesterday we had some very strong winds blowing around, the 'haru-ichiban' - a strong wind that always get when spring has arrived. The winds have now calmed down for today.

Temperatures are remaining warmer, and it looks like it will keeping fairly mild into tomorrow but it will drop down and get colder again over the weekend. You want snow? Looks like we are going to be on the receiving end soon enough, probably today high up as the rain continues in the village but we should be seeing snow at village level as well sometime tomorrow. If the forecast has got it right we may actually be getting a decent amount of new snowfall by the end of the weekend and into Monday. (You can tell I wrote those last few sentences before it turned into snow falling in the village just now - but there's every chance it will revert back! Borderline stuff at the moment!)

Cloud covers all of the village and mountains this morning, so pretty poor visibility out on the mountain.

It's very quiet at the moment in Hakuba but with the weekend tomorrow no doubt things will liven up for the weekend. If you are visiting, take care and have fun out there. Spring-like conditions out there for the most part right now - think granular (zarame) - but tons of fun to be had. The new snowfall forecast over the next few days should see conditions improve, so collective finger-crossing everyone...


Official snow depths and operations @ Friday 23rd March 2012 AM:

Hakuba Goryu:
No new snowfall at Goryu this morning. All lifts (apart from Alps daira No2 and No4) and runs scheduled to be open today. Alps daira lifts open tomorrow.
Official snow depths:
Alps daira - 235cm;
Toomi - 135cm;
Iimori - 105cm

Hakuba 47:
No new snowfall at 47 this morning. All courses open, all lifts except Line D operating.
Official snow depth:
Upper - 223cm
Lower - 145cm

Ski lifts/courses:
Some top lifts (including Grat quad, Kurobishi No2 quad and Skyline No2 pair not moving at the time of writing but plan to be operating.
Official snow depth:
Usagidaira - 200cm;
Sakka - 70cm;
Nakiyama - 70cm.

Tsugaike Kogen:
Official snow depth:
Upper slopes - 270cm
Champion - 190cm

Hakuba Cortina:
No new fresh snowfall at Cortina this morning. All planned lifts and most courses open. No5 and No7 lifts now closed.
Official snow depth:
Upper - 335cm
Lower - 210cm

Hakuba Norikura:
Official snow depth:

Hakuba Iwatake:
Village Side (lower slopes) plan to be open until 1st April (upper slopes open well beyond that date).
Official snow depth:
Upper - 155cm
Lower - 55cm

Hakuba Sanosaka:

Hakuba Minekata:
Now closed for the season

Archive report: Posted at 10:24am on Friday 23rd March 2012
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